When I switch on the power, the handbox says:
A U T O S T A R
and it makes a buzz/beep noise, then it says:
Press 0 to Align
or MODE for Menu
then after I press either of those it says
and it moves up a little and pauses, then moves right/clockwise a little and pauses, then:
Motor Unit Fault
(etc. etc. etc.)
Now I should mention that the arrow-keys and motors DO work as far as moving it Up/Down/Left/Right as well as changing the slew speed with the number keys after that error (or if I just begin to navigate before pressing 0 or MODE.) I can move the scope using the handbox, and did enjoy viewing the super-harvest-full-blood moon last night.
In trying to resolve this I did change the CR2032 clock battery to one with proper voltage, and the 8 AA cells I used are brand-new alkaline batteries which test at over 12v when in series so I think they're OK.
I'm wondering if I just have a bad HBX cable. I tried to do some research about trying to use a CAT5 RJ-45 computer networking cable instead, and from what I understand you'd need to use a crossover cable like would be used to connect two computers directly to each other rather than a straight-through cable that is typically used with connecting the PC to a switch or router.
I'd also read something to the effect that since telephone RJ-11 cables are all the same in this regard [meaning straight-through vs. crossover] then maybe one of those could be used. I'm not sure if the handbox will work in the AUX port on the scope, though they both seem to have connections for both types of plugs.
If I am holding the ENTER and Scroll-Down keys when I turn on the power it says:
FLASH LOAD 3.0
I'm not sure which model of Autostar handbox this is, but I don't seem to have the RS-232 thing.
I took this telescope and the accessories out of a sealed box on 9/26/2015 and everything looked like it was all brand-new and factory sealed, inside and out. The only thing which might make me question if it was unused or not is that the initial message from the handbox was what I wrote above, and I think I've read somewhere that there might be some sort of initialization process that one might expect from a new handbox. It does have a signed "PASS" sticker on it indicating a good QA/QC check, however.
I've tried adjusting tightness of the Altitude Lock and Base Lock Knob, not sure if that matters.
Anyway, this leaves me with a few questions so I thought I'd try checking out this forum.
What model of Autostar/handbox comes with this scope? Or how can I determine which it is?
Would a simple 4-conductor RJ11 telephone cord replace the HBX cable, hypothetically?
Does a simple straight-through or crossover-type RJ45 replace the HBX cable, and if so, which?
Any assistance appreciated,
thanks in advance!